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Federal law bars single-sex classes, but the legal picture remains fuzzy.
School districts in a dozen states from Maine to California recently started experimenting with single-sex classes for girls, mostly in math and science.
In Presque Isle, Maine, school officials set up a special "All-Girls' Algebra" class. The Ventura, California school district followed suit, establishing special classes for "math phobic" girls. Michigan's Rochester High School offers a girls-only science and engineering class. And students at Marsteller Middle School in Manassas, Virginia, attend single-sex classes in a number of academic subjects.
This recent movement toward sex …